Saturday, December 15, 2007

Religious symbolism of The Twelve Days of Christmas (The 12 Days of Christmas)

1 True Love refers to God
2 Turtle Doves refers to the Old and New Testaments
3 French Hens refers to Faith, Hope and Charity, the Theological Virtues
4 Calling Birds refers to the Four Gospels and/or the Four Evangelists
5 Golden Rings refers to the first Five Books of the Old Testament, the "Pentateuch", which gives the history of man's fall from grace.
6 Geese A-laying refers to the six days of creation
7 Swans A-swimming refers to the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, the seven sacraments
8 Maids A-milking refers to the eight beatitudes
9 Ladies Dancing refers to the nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit
10 Lords A-leaping refers to the ten commandments
11 Pipers Piping refers to the eleven faithful apostles
12 Drummers Drumming refers to the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostle's Creed

And you thought it was just a song!. There is a lesson to be learned here: sometimes a cigar is just a cigar and a deck of cards is just a (you gotta know where this one is going--a tip of the hat to Cowboy Copas) deck of cards.

editors note: I deleted 11 different versions of the 12 days of christmas song because they were taking up too much band width and they weren't very funny either.

1 comment:

Darin said...

Interesting post. I would've never thought or even began to read into the song.

Thanks,
Branson